Leaving employer less than 6 months after getting green card

Dec 11, 2019 24 Comments

Any employment-based green card holders here who quit the sponsoring company less than 6 months after GC approval? I'm thinking of either switching employers or just quitting and taking a couple of months off. Curious to hear experiences of someone who has done it.

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  • Amazon cpl
    Try to document a reason: something about the job changed the caused you to change your mind. Your supervisor changed, a key project was cancelled, your teams direction changed.

    Keep a paper trail.

    If you work there less than six months they will ask why you left and if you have a documented answer there the end of that.

    They need to prove that you lied on the forms where you said you would work there so evidence that the job changed after the interview gets you off the hook. Or wait the six months.
    Dec 21, 2019 1
    • Microsoft agent. 47
      Just curious - what do you do with this document afterwards? Obviously you can sign any paper and date it whatever date you want, so is there a need to file it to uscis or what?
      Jan 29
  • Qualcomm libertarin
    You're free to leave at any time.
    Dec 11, 2019 0
  • Google dinoball
    Sure, I left the company before getting the green card, and then got it a few months later.
    Dec 11, 2019 10
    • EPAM Systems hdhYdbw
      You "can" leave of course, but good luck at your citizenship interview.

      But leaving the company at 180d after i485 is filed is new and useful info to me
      Dec 11, 2019
    • Tableau 0kool
      That's AC21
      Dec 11, 2019
  • Facebook ineffable0
    Don’t worry, quit but have a good story for later if it comes up during ur naturalization process
    Dec 11, 2019 2
    • Walmart afro_dev
      OP
      What constitutes of a good story? Lol have you done this?
      Dec 11, 2019
    • Tableau 0kool
      There's no fixed rule. Staying 6 months does not guarantee anything.
      You will be asked to verify that the employment gc was done in good faith.
      Dec 11, 2019
  • Got mine in February, left in June. No problem so far. Have been in and out of the country several times, have not renewed.
    Dec 12, 2019 4
    • Walmart afro_dev
      OP
      Ok. I've heard USCIS is somewhat different with Trump's administration
      Dec 16, 2019
    • Agree, my hope is that when the 10 year extension comes, it won’t matter what you do today.
      Dec 17, 2019
  • American Century Investments aci1942
    I know a lot of ppl who quit within a couple of months of getting the GC (in consulting, tech, and finance). These ppl were sticking around til they got their GC.

    There is no legal issue, but some ppl think it looks bad to their employer, esp they want to maintain a good relationship.
    Dec 11, 2019 0
  • Symantec neshama
    Quitting right after, I have heard, is not a good advice.
    Dec 11, 2019 0

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